My second novel took about eight months to write. I’ve revised it several times and I know it still needs some work but it’s a good story. It’s a historical romance set in the Victorian era. My heroine, Ainsley, is victim of a violent crime. My hero, Roderick, is a Marquis assigned to protect her. Roderick is a member of an elite group of crime fighters, called the Vipers, consisting of only members of the peerage.
What I loved most about the story was the characters. I feel in love almost instantly with Benjamin, a secondary character, Roderick’s trainee. He is sarcastic, witty, and self-absorbed, and his one-liners kept me laughing throughout the creation of the story. I knew after his first quip about the heroine’s ass that he would have his own story. In fact, I even drafted out, very roughly, what it might be but never wrote it. I’ve sense changed his story several times and I look forward to eventually getting it all down on paper.
Before I could write his story, I came up with another story idea for another set of characters. This one set earlier in the Victorian era, involving a married couple who reunite after a crime. I rolled the idea, set down the first five chapters and then stopped writing. What I realized later, is that I was actually forming the origination of a series. I was writing the first book of the Vipers, where Roderick would eventually take over, making my finished book the fourth of fifth book in a series.
Now that I am forcing myself to write again, I’ve picked up this new book and I’m actively trying to whittle out the nuances of the series. I created a brother of my hero, and now I have another story line going. At current, I’m fleshing out seven different stories for the series and each one very different. My creative juices are flowing, all I need is the time to thrown them all on paper.
So there you have it, the birth of a series in my mind. To be honest, I am not one for writing series because I don’t want to devote my life to an entire line of characters. I have a thousand more stories to tell far outside this idea, time period, and genre. But, I figure if the inspiration has found me it’s on purpose and I should take the gift.
Your turn! What are your thoughts on series? Do they typecast an author making it harder for them to explore other avenues? Do you like to read series but not like to write them? Do you have series ideas – how did your form? Let’s chat it up!